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Tibet Overland Tour (Drive in/Fly Out)

Sera Monastery
Tibet overland tour falls under one of the most popular tours in Tibet.  Tibet overland tour takes you up to 3,000m to 5,000 meter across the high and cold Gobi desert viewing some of the most picturesque scene of breathtaking mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m.). Tibet overland tour offers you the most relaxing and adventurous within very short span of time. Tibet Overland tour is equally fascinating in cultural point of view with ample of opportunities of exploration to age old monasteries and caves along with the visit to historical towns including Lhasa.
 
Tibet overland tour starts from Kathmandu itself from where you take 5-6 hours drive following the friendship highway exploring some of the most amazing landscape in the earth. The very next day, our representative will take you to the Tibet border and introduce you with our Tibetan guide. After all the immigration formalities are done in Kodari and from here you will start the actual tour to Tibet which covers an approximate distance of 1000 km. In this Tibet Overland tour you will enjoy sightseeing around Potala palace, Norbulinkha palaces, the great Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and walk along the crowded Tibetan market - the bustling Barkor Bazaar in Lhasa. After having visited these entire place our representative will drop you to Gojar airport which is near Lhasa from where you will either take a flight back to Kathmandu or to onward destination.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness panoramic view of Himalayas during the flight.
  • Enjjoy guided city tour of Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery etc.)
  • Visit Barkhor Street Market & do great shopping
  • Explore Tibetan Buddhist culture & tradition

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700m)

Day 02 : Nyalam to Lhatse (3950m)

Day 03 : Lhatse to Shigatse/Xingatse (3900m)

Day 04 : Shigatse/Xigatse to Gyantse (3950m)

Day 05 : Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m)

Day 06/07 : Sightseeing around Lhasa (3650m)

Day 08 : Flight from Lhasa to onward journey

What is Included

  • Private transportation by Land Cruiser.
  • Tibet travel permit 
  • English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Government taxes and Service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips & etc.

Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700m)

Our Tibet overland tour starts with an early morning drive to Kodari, which is in the Nepali boarder post. From Kodari we drive up to the Zhang Mu clearing the Chinese immigration continuing the journey up to beautiful George of Nyalam. On the route you will get to enjoy the clear view of the Langtang, Gaurisankar, Melungtse and Khumbu Himal range.

Day 02 : Nyalam to Lhatse (3950m)

Our first stop on the Tibetan plateau will be on the 5200 m. high Lalung la pass from where we have a breathtaking view of the himalayan range and Shisabangma, the highest peak in Tibet. While having lunch in Lao Tingri, the peaks of Mt. Everest (Qomolongma in Tibetan) and Cho Oyu can be seen. This day our journey is long but the spectacular Tibetan plateau will make you forget time. Altitude 4000m.

Day 03 : Lhatse to Shigatse/Xingatse (3900m)

A four hour drive brings us to Tibet’s second largest city, Shigatse. Here we visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, hence one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. Altitude 3800m.

Day 04 : Shigatse/Xigatse to Gyantse (3950m)

After a stroll though the old city we depart for the two and a half hour drive to Gyantse. While approaching the small farming town we can clearly see the old fort that was captured by Young husband during his 1904 raid into Tibet. Here the main attraction is the Kumbum monastery with its extraordinary architecture. Altitude 3900 m.

Day 05 : Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m)

This will be a long drive, but on the way we cross the Karo-la with the beautiful glacier, we see Yamdrok Tso which is named the Turquoise lake and cross the Kamba-la from where we descend to the main road which bring us all the way to Lhasa. Altitude 3650 m.

Day 06/07 : Sightseeing around Lhasa (3650m)

During these two days in Lhasa. we visit the Potala palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries and of course the famous Jokhang temple including the surrounding Barkhor.

Day 08 : Flight from Lhasa to onward journey

We have to get up very early for our transfer to Gonggor airport to catch the flight back to Kathmandu or other destination.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Tibet Overland Tour with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 07 nights/08 days.

Clothing
The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to November as the weather will be cold from December to February.

Will high altitude be a problem for me?
High altitude sickness is a main issue while traveling to Tibet. Tibet has average altitude of 4000m so people with heart or lung problems are strictly advised to consult their physician before traveling to Tibet. People with normal fitness are also advised to follow the instruction given in the pre-departure briefing.

How to get Tibet Travel Permit?
Travel permit to Tibet is issued by Tibet Tourism Administration. The copy of your passport and Chinese visa, together with other information such as your occupation should be provided in order to apply for the permit. You can take help from your local travel agency.

Can I travel with my kids?
The cities like Lhasa, Shigatse or Gyantse can be traveled with the kids. However traveling to Mt. Kailash or other remote regions with your kids is not advised.

Are there ATM facilities in Tibet?
Yes the major cities in Tibet provide the facilities of ATM.

How to get into Tibet?
There is only one international flight to Tibet which is from Kathmandu (Nepal). Overland tour to Tibet is also possible from Nepal. Domestic flights are available from most cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Is individual travel possible in Tibet?
Yes it is possible to travel alone, but restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas.

What should I pack for Tibet?
While traveling in Tibet Sunglass, Sunhat, Good walking shoes, sleepers, warm enough clothes are recommended.

What happens if I get Sick?
We advise you to keep basic medicines with you. Our guide will also take basic medicines. If you get altitude sickness during the travel please inform your guide in time so that a timely precaution can be taken. In case of serious condition you will be taken to hospital of Lhasa or Kathmandu.

Can I get laundry facility at hotel?
You get this facility mostly in three star or above hotels. There are few laundry outlets in the cities but not outside the cities

Is communication to home possible while on trek? What about internet?
There are telephone facilities in cities as well as in the villages at many places , from where you can make international calls. Internet facility is available in the cities. You can also use your mobile phone at most part of Tibet .

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Tibet

Duration: 08 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experience

Season: All Year Around

Accommodation: Hotel

Transportation: Jeep / Van / Flight

Start/Finish: Kathmandu/Lhasa

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